August 30th, 2010
08:26 AM ET
4 years ago

Clear majority says Palin not qualified to be president

 A new poll shows only 1 in 4 Americans believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.
A new poll shows only 1 in 4 Americans believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.

(CNN) - Two days after Sarah Palin fired up a large crowd at Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally in Washington, a newly released survey suggests a clear majority of Americans don't think the former vice presidential nominee has the right credentials to be president.

According to the new survey from Vanity Fair and CBS News' 60 Minutes, only 1 in 4 of all adults thinks Palin is qualified to be commander-in-chief while 60 percent say she is not.

By a narrow 47-40 percent margin however, Republicans do feel Palin has the right stuff to be president. But self identified conservatives – constituting the segment of the GOP largely thought to most favor the former Alaska governor – are essentially split 41-40 percent on her abilities to govern the country.

What may also be troubling for the former Alaska governor if she finds herself in a general election matchup, 3 in 5 independent voters don't think Palin is qualified while only 21 percent do. Among moderates, the numbers are even worse with 70 percent reporting they lack confidence in Palin.

Predictably, the numbers are most dire for the former vice presidential nominee among self-identified Democrats: 3 in 4 say Palin isn't up to the responsibilities of the Oval Office.

The survey, conducted by CBS News between August 3-5, surveyed 847 U.S. adults by telephone.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
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  1. Michael

    The people of Alaska hired Palin to govern one of the smallest states in the USA; she quit the job halfway through her term. Why in heaven's name would anyone hire her to govern the nation?
    It would be like a Bank of America branch manager in a one-horse rural town quitting the job and then expecting to be hired as CEO.

    August 30, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Ethel Bailey

    I truly don't Sarah Palin educated enough to be come command -in- chief. She is really a dumb woman she think she is smart , but she isn't. isn't that is really sad for a person to talk about someone else when she is dumb.

    August 30, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  3. Keith

    Why does CNN have to report on every little thing that involves Palin in some way? It's getting really annoying. CNN is supposed to be the most professional of the news networks, but sometimes it just seems like they enjoy pandering to the idiots and feeding into the drama as much as all the other networks.

    August 30, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. American Taliban

    It is my sincere hope that Palin-Beck-Hannity-Limbaugh-Gingrich-Bachmann and the rest continue their Big Takeover of the Republican Party. This sham outfit has demonstrated that it is the Extreme Makeover edition of the worst our country has to offer.

    Beck "turns to God"? What a joke.

    That we are even having a discussion of Palins "qualifications" is absurd.

    It is the American Taliban, wrapped in a flag and waving their bibles.

    August 30, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Doh! This is new? As much as I can't stand another twit or facebook ramblings from the half term governor she has shown why she is unqualified to be but an empty vessel for the rethugs.
    She has had a comment about anything and everything she knows NOTHING about and she has been wrong 99.9% of the time. All that she has emphasized is how stupid and clueless she is. Now that we know what an airhead she is how about less of her. As a matter of fact, how aboupt no more of her. Her fifteenminutes of fame were over months ago.
    BTW – I hear (didn't watch one second of the I hate every one during the week, but let's join our hands with God on 8/28 litanny) that she mentioned her son was in the Army but she forgot to mention that it was either that or jail in Wasilla while she was governor no less). BTW – where is this son? Taking care of the special needs child because she sure isn't doing so.

    August 30, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. th

    No surprise there

    August 30, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Vince

    Beck and Palin are paid by the Devil to spread hate in this country.

    August 30, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. Steve from FL

    Bring it on Ms Palin!

    August 30, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. vegage

    Dah!!! Who does not know she is just an uneducated guy? Who belives that Africa is a country really is not capabale if being president of this country.

    August 30, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    And who didn't know this? She's been showcasing her stupidity ever since McCain introduced her. Who ever thought she was qualified to do anything?

    August 30, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. John N.

    Sarah Palin is about as qualified to be president as this comment that I just typed in qualifies me as a professional writer.

    August 30, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. DWTBH

    What qualifications are really needed? The list in the Constitution is pretty short.
    But "Presidential"? It depends on what kind of President you want, doesn't it?

    August 30, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. ERTON

    It is very funny how the lamestream media after watching so many victories of Palin , try to marginize her and put her down by this polls,.
    Palin will be the our president in 2012!

    August 30, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. DWTBH

    What qualifications are really needed? The list in the Const!tution is pretty short.

    But "Presidential"? It depends on what kind of President you want, doesn't it?

    August 30, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. Mike S.

    If she couldn't stand the heat of being Gov. of Alaska, how can she run the kitchen?

    She's a charlatan: media grubbing, money grubbing, cashing in on her fame as being the person who brought down the McCain candidacy. What great credentials.

    August 30, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. street smart

    I think the only reason the GOP have Palin on the team is to secure the whack job portion of their party. If she does square off with the other GOP contenders in the run off she would be vanquished pretty quickly as she does not have the credentials or knowledge to have any long term credibility. Then again Dubya the Decider was elected twice so its hard to predict with 100% certainty what could happen in the land of the free and the home of the weird as Mama Grizzlies and Joe the Plumbers are the most stupid as well as the most abundant of the species. Sad

    August 30, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Aliza Dash

    Sarah Palin isn't qualified to babysit my cat! She couldn't even finish her job as
    Governer of Alaska, how could she possible handle being President, not to mention that is is not the sharpest tool in the Shed! If there are Americans. out there that think is is qualified to be President. Obviously the education system is America is not very strong is we are producing so many other idiots!

    August 30, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. DWTBH

    What qualifications are really needed? The list in the Const!tution is pretty short.
    Is she "Presidential"? I think it depends on what kind of President you really want, doesn't it?

    August 30, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  19. jim

    It scares the heck out of me that 25% of people in this country think that half-governor Palin is qualified to be president. Who are these people?

    We must be the laughing stock of the planet, if we have that many people that have that little disregard for the office of the presidency, regardless of what they think of the current president.

    August 30, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. Heath

    That even one in four Americans would think she's qualified to be elected to anything but village idiot underscores the truth of the phrase "dumbing down of America." Personally, I find her and anyone who takes her for anything but a sideshow clown to be embarrassing. Add Palin and Limbaugh and you have a revival of he Three Stooges.

    August 30, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  21. g

    says a lot of nothing-price 75,000 cash

    August 30, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  22. Dave

    Is Palin qualified to be President?!?!? That idiot isn't qualified to bag groceries!

    August 30, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. TM

    Barnum was right, you CAN fool SOME of the people ALL of the time.

    August 30, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. anotherwhiner

    Duh!......is all I can say to that. The scary part is the segment that believes this person is qualified. Scarier still is that McCain believed it was worth rolling the dice for in a last gasp attempt to ascend to the presidency. He was willing to risk all our fates by having her on the ticket. And, by so doing, cast onto the national stage one who otherwise would still be unknown to us and whom, I am afraid, will haunt us for the next ten years............ So sad the right has lost its way. Being a republican was once a point of pride.

    August 30, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  25. Heath

    Correction: Add BECK and Limbaugh and you have the Three Stooges.

    August 30, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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